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Summer events diary

From festivals perched atop rugged cliff tops to sailing regattas and celebrations of local produce, the North Cornwall social calendar is bursting with vibrant local events. Check out our top picks.

'Obby 'Oss Festival

Padstow, 01 May


Each year the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow comes alive with the sights and sounds of the ‘Obby ‘Oss. Bunting draped over boats dances in the breeze and merry locals fill the air with the "morning song". Find out more here.

The narrow streets of Padstow are adorned with colourful ribbons and flowers
Jump on the passenger ferry from Rock to reach the festival and take in the views across the calm estuary along the way

Fisherman's Friends - Platt gigs

Port Isaac - throughout summer


The natural amphitheatre of Port Isaac beach provides the back drop to these informal gigs. On Friday nights the Fisherman's Friends gather on the Platt (harbour) to sing the sea shanties that have made them famous. Take a look at the Fisherman's Friends website for more information. 

Catch the famous Fisherman's Friends in their native village of Port Isaac this summer
The bright coloured fishing boats and turquoise waters of Port Isaac form a stunning backdrop

Royal Cornwall Show

Wadebridge, 07, 08 & 09 June


The Royal Cornwall Show is one of the biggest events in the Cornish social calendar. This agricultural show has an exciting schedule full of animals, live music, flower shows, riding competitions and much more. For more information click here.

Local farmers gather to showcase their finest livestock and produce

Rock Oyster Festival

Wadebridge, 06 & 07 July


Overlooking the Camel Estuary, the Rock Oyster Festival is a celebration of local seafood, art and music. Sample the locally grown Porthilly Oysters whilst listening to local, up-and-coming talent. For the line-up and more information visit the Rock Oyster Festival website.

Recline on the gentle sloping banks of the Camel Estuary and soak up the laid-back atmosphere

Padstow to Rock Swim

Padstow, 27 July


This scenic charity swim started in the 70's and raises money for Marie Curie. The one-mile course runs from Padstow across the Camel Estuary to Rock. To find out more and how to register to enter click here.

The swim takes place on a high tide and starts from the slipway in Padstow
After the swim join fellow competitors for a celebratory barbecue on Rock beach

The Point Beer & Music Festival

Polzeath, 27 & 28 July


​In its sixth year The Point Beer Festival celebrates locally produced beers and ales. With live music provided by local bands, it's the perfect opportunity to sample Tarquin's Gin, Knightor Wines and of course the ales and beers of St Austell Brewery. 

You can also try your hand at golf and there's a bouncy castle and a circus workshop to keep the little ones entertained

St Endellion Summer Music Festival

St Endellion, 31 July-10 August


The 60th summer festival brings together a wide range of musicians from all over the world to perform opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and recital concerts in the intimate atmosphere of St Endellion Church. To find out more visit the website

Dating back to the 15th century, St Endellion Church is the setting for this unique music festival

Camel Sailing Week

Rock, 03 & 17 August


The highlight of the sailing year, Junior Camel Week (03-09 August) and Camel Week (17-24 August) are run by Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club. The estuary will be full of sailors from near and far competing in various races throughout the week, making the most of Rock's varied and challenging venue. For more information on both events take a look at the club's website

Choose a spot on the beach to watch as the colourful sails race around the Camel Estuary

Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival

Watergate Bay, Newquay, 08-12 August


Perched on the cliffs overlooking Watergate Bay, the Boardmasters site is one of the most scenic festival backdrops around. With an action packed line-up of surfing and international music acts, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere during the day and party into the night as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. For more information click here.

Revel in the chilled-out atmosphere whilst looking out across Watergate Bay and beyond

If you'd like to join us for any of these summer events, we can help you find the perfect base. Take a look at our availability here or give our friendly team a call on 01208 869090. 

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